Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spiced Banana Oatmeal Bread with Dried Cranberries


If you're an American, I hope you had a wonderful fourth of July filled with fireworks and barbecue.


What is the story behind banana bread?  Bananas showed up in the United States in 1870s.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mint Chocolate Cookie with Mint Candies


I'm writing this post with one hand.  I'm standing and holding my laptop with one hand.  I can't sit because the electrical outlet is far from a chair and halfway up the wall.  You can't question my commitment.

Most English speaking countries call cookies biscuits.  Americans adopted the name from the Dutch.  The dutch word is koekji.  


Monday, June 29, 2015

Knock You Naked Brownies


Did you know the Farris wheel was invented for the Chicago World's Exposition?  I learned that useful tidbit last year.


I just learned from Wikipedia that we owe another great invention to the Chicago World's Exposition:  the brownie.  In 1893, Bertha Palmer, the wife of the owner of the Palmer House Hotel, asked the hotel's pastry chef to create a dessert that could be packed into lunch boxes.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sausage, Caramelized Onion, and Cheddar Frittata


I went to the wonderful state of Texas this week.  My one regret is that I didn't eat any Mexican food.  It's a bit of a tragedy really.


Northern Virginia isn't known for it's Mexican food.  It's been a while since I have eaten quality Mexican food.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thai Chicken Curry with Pineapple


I'm in the habit of starting each post with a trivial story about my day to day life.  Usually it is an event from the past few days.


Unfortunately, the past few days have been incredibly dull.  I'm board even thinking about it.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Shanghai Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken


Every year my co-works have a barbecue during the summer.  We start early and continue chatting and eating until dusk. 


Yesterday was the day.  My co-workers come from a few different ethnic backgrounds, so it's fun to taste the diversity of foods.  


Friday, June 19, 2015

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata with Feta


Next week I'm going to Dallas.  I have never been.  


I'm going to volunteer at the Veteran Wheelchair Games.  I volunteered last year when it was held in Philadelphia with a group of my coworkers.